Black + Google =

Black + Google =

Black is beautiful. But does it mean it’s also energy-saving when it comes to usage of white text on black background search interface of Google? Don’t worry it displays the same amount of search results. However, it does not deliver the same amount of user experience for people who are used to black text over white background after the WordStar years.

Introducing Blackle or Black Google, a custom Google Search interface. Yes, it’s been proven to consume less energy, and as our energy sources are dwindling, we’re all encouraged to save whatever we can.

To me it looks like an underground search engine flavored with consumer activism. Duh.

Blackle operates on the principle that displaying a black computer screen requires less energy than showing a white screen. This only holds true when CRT monitors are involved, but “an all white web page uses about 74 watts to display, while an all black page uses only 59 watts,” according to Mark Ontkush.

(Heck, my personal computer in the office wasn’t turned off last night because I can’t wait for the software to finish its update and I need the update. Pronto.)

And speaking of numbers, using Black Google saves 750 megawatt-hours a year. No equivalent statistics on the number of light bulbs it could light or trees it could save, but saving energy is what matters. It’s like shutting down a computer when not in use as opposed to relying on screensaver to minimize energy use. (I am sure it’s not the same for phones, which also feature dark-screen screensavers.)

But are we comfortable compromising our failing eyesight in the name of environmental preservation?